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Worthenbury Country House - in Michigan's Famous Wine Country

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights


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Restored Country House, 3 Bedrooms, Convertible beds, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6-10

Worthenbury Country House is a nostalgic gem, the first of its kind located directly in Southwestern Michigan’s famous wine country, and just a few miles from the rolling dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan. We are committed to give our guests a unique wine country experience.

The Salisbury's invite you to leave behind busy city noises to unwind with quiet country sounds of crickets and birds. Enjoy a quiet evening with your family or friends soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the back porch while gazing at acres of lush vineyards. Take a leisurely stroll next door to Round Barn Winery, or visit any one of a number of other wineries in the area.

Worthenbury boasts three beautifully appointed bedrooms, a complete modern kitchen, and two living rooms. While staying at Worthenbury, your hosts want you to be comfortable, relaxed and content and will do everything possible to make your stay a special one. It is a perfect destination for girl’s weekends, family gatherings, reunions, or wedding parties – not to mention the perfect home base for visits to area wineries.

Worthenbury is in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation, an area designated for its ability to produce fine wines. These wines rival those of California, since the area supports the growth of high quality wine grapes such as Cabernet and Chardonnay.

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Keywords: Country House Wine Country Michigan

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only

Steve Salisbury
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, We can provide Mandarin translation if required.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Steve Salisbury

I was born and spent most of my childhood in Chicago and it's suburbs. The remainder of my years "at home" were at this house. Living here during my teenage years, I attended a local high school. After graduation it was college, then a career at a local company until a few years ago when I decided to go into consulting, and moved back to Chicago. Now I live in Hyde Park, and go to Worthenbury from time to time to enjoy the peace and beauty of the country.

Steve Salisbury purchased this chateau / country house in 1966

Why Steve Salisbury chose Southwest Michigan

In 1966 my parents sought property in Michigan. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, they wanted to live in the country. In October we purchased a nearby 30 acre farm. Over time we purchased the farm on which this house stands, taking our total acreage near 60 acres.

In 1968, we met Len Olsen and Carl Banholzer as we traversed the property they had just purchased to establish Tabor Hill winery. My father was one of the first to plant French Hybrid grapes on the soils of this hilly country.

From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, this farm hosted dozens of families who would come out for a day of picking fresh fruit. In our prime, we had 15 acres of grapes, 4 acres of cherries and 3 acres of peaches. We sold almost all of this to people who came to pick for themselves. We also had 60 honeybee hives and sold all of the honey to these same good people. Finally, we had a wine maker’s shop, where we sold barrels, jugs and other materials for people to make their own wine.

Through the years, my parents sold the original 30 acres and eventually this became the home of the now famous Round Barn winery. Later, my parents sold another 10 acres at the north end of the property, leaving about 18 acres on which this house now stands.

When I decided to open this house as a guest house, I wanted to call it a name that would be meaningful that would set it apart. I wanted a name that would recognize its great rural wine growing heritage, and something to honor the “Salisbury” name. After an exhaustive search and much deliberation, I settled on the name Worthenbury. Worthenbury is the name of a small, rural village in the northeastern area of Wales. It is one of the only places in Wales where grapes are grown. It is also in the proximity of the area from which the Salisbury’s originally came to the New World in 1632, among some of the first settlers of New England.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Worthenbury sits atop a knoll giving us a gentle breeze on even the stillest of days. The back porch is a great place to relax and look out over the vineyards. Strolling through the vineyards is also a pleasant experience, with views stretching for miles to the west.

The big red barn dates back to 1922. Today it is primarily used for storage. When the fruit farm was in full production, the barn housed the wine supply store and the 'nectary,' where the sweet nectar was processed and bottled.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Everything was more wonderful than we could've dreamed of! We had such an awesome time. The hot tub, the bon-fire, the stars at night. Truly breathtaking. It was a nice change of pace from our hectic city lives. We'll be back next year!
Sep 2008
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Worthenbury Country House - in Michigan's Famous Wine Country
average rating of 4.875 based on 11 reviews

Another great weekend

  • 4 of 5

2nd year staying here for girls weekend, was another great time

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location, great house!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location, the peacefulness, and the hot tub! Within a couple miles of a ton of great wineries!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Chicago, IL

Rustic charm

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. It's a scenic area and the house is well maintained and well-equipped. Wineries, U-Pick farms, and Lake Michigan beaches are a short drive away. We hope to return again someday.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Worthenbury, and hope that you are able to return again.
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Great weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Only 2 hours from home. Great spot convenient to lots of wineries and breweries. A real gem with room for the whole family.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We strive to make Worthenbury a quiet, comfortable place, and glad you enjoyed it. Come back again!
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United States

Had a great experience

  • 5 of 5

House was clean, well-maintained, well-stocked (had an extension cord...really?), and was clearly loved by the owner. Would definitely return and have reccommended to our friends to stay here.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, thank you for your kind words! I am happy that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and see us again!
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Lake Bluff, IL

Bachelors Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Steve for being so accommodating. We had such a wonderful time. You really couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather and scenery. This house was perfect for our needs and we really appreciated the 2-night minimum. The house was very cozy, and the hot tub was a perfect way to end the evening before bed. We made good use of the fire pit, siting around the fire catching up with old friends. Everything we forgot to bring, like magic, was already there for us:) The drive from Chicago was a breeze. Thanks again Steve. Beautiful place you got there.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Derek, I am glad you had a great time. We try hard to make the place magical :) Hope you are able to come back again sometime.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Round Barn Public House
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak St. Joseph
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-94 Bridgman Exit 16
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Bridgman Weko Beach
Car: necessary

Walking distance to the Round Barn Winery, one mile to Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant, two miles to Baroda, and less than seven miles to Bridgman and Lake Michigan, There are many fruit farms in the area that sell fresh fruit and vegetables in season.


Rates & Availability

Baroda Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter & Spring
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer & Harvest
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Baroda Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms, one on each floor, and each with a large, oversize shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Three complete bedrooms with queen size beds, and with foldout beds, sleeps up to 10, There are two bathrooms with large showers, a complete kitchen, and plenty of room to stretch out and relax, There are two porches, a hot tub in which to relax, and plenty of room with a nearly three acre yard, Laundry room in the basement, large TV with DVD, DishTV, board games and books, No Smoking or pets please

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